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The 2018 film festival took place from: June 1-10, 2018


Wythe Hotel – Williamsburg
Windmill Studios – Greenpoint
Syndicated – Bushwick
Made in NY Media Center by IFP – Dumbo
UnionDocs – Williamsburg
Kickstarter – Greenpoint
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Downtown Brooklyn


The festival presented in competition 119 films


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Friday June 1
Wythe Hotel Cinema & Wythe Hotel Main Hall: 7:00

Saturday June 2
Windmill Studios: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Wythe Hotel: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00

Friday June 1
Windmill Studios: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Wythe Hotel: 2:30, 4:30, 7:00, 9:00

Monday June 4
Wythe Hotel: 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Windmill Studios: 6:30, 8:30, 10:30
Alamo Drafthouse: 8:00

Tuesday June 5
Wythe Hotel: 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Windmill Studios : 6:30, 8:30, 10:30
Syndicated Cinema: 6:30, 9:15

Wednesday June 6
Windmill Studios: 6:30, 8:30, 10:30
Wythe Hotel: 7:30, 10:00
Made in NY Media Center by IFP: 6:00, 8:00

Thursday June 7
Windmill Studios: 6:30, 8:30, 10:30
Wythe Hotel: 7:30, 10:00

Friday June 8
Windmill Studios: 6:30, 8:30, 10:30
Wythe Hotel: 7:30, 10:00
UnionDocs: 7:00, 9:15

Saturday June 9
Windmill Studios: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
Wythe Hotel: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00
Made in NY Media Center by IFP: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00

Sunday June 10
Wythe Hotel: 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30
Windmill Studios: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00. Award Ceremony at 8:00


Saturday June 2
Made in NY Media Center by IFP: 1:00 to 3:00 | KidsFilmFest

Saturday June 9
Kickstarter: 11am – 5pm | BFF Exchange


Single program tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for students, senior citizens.
Full Festival Passes $200
4 Pack Passes $45.
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Several networking events took place at various Hot Spots in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Bushwick, Downtown Brooklyn
Saturday June 2 – Reception from 6-9pm at 184 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg – RSVP only – Complimentary Sixpoint, Brooklyn Gin, and Wine offered by PapaPietro Perry Winery
Monday June 4 – Reception on the Alamo’s Roof Deck sponsored by CUNY from 6-8pm [445 Albee Square W. #4 – Downtown Brooklyn]
Wednesday June 6 – Cultivation Event Hosted by Made in NY Media Center from 7-8pm – Complimentary Sixpoint & Line 39 [30 John Street in Dumbo]
Thursday June 7 – Filmmaker Reception at G-Star from 7-9pm – Complimentary Sixpoint, Line 39, Whiskey, and Appetizers [118 N. 4 Street in Williamsburg]
Thursday June 7 – Filmmaker after-party from 10pm-1am at Loosie Rouge [91 S.6 Street in Williamsburg]
Friday June 8 – Reception at UnionDocs from 5:30-7:15 – Complimentary Sixpoint & Line 39 [322 Union Ave in Williamsburg]
Saturday June 9 – Threshold Party at Brooklyn Bazaar from 9pm-1am – DJs and Shaking and BFF vintage merchandise for sale all night long [150 Greenpoint Ave in Greenpoint]
Sunday June 10 – Closing Night Party at Windmill Studios from 8-midnight – Complimentary Sixpoint & Line 39 [300 Kingsland Ave in Greenpoint]


Saturday, June 2nd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Made in NY Media Center by IFP, BFF presented the 14th annual kidsfilmfest, which aims to discover, expose, and promote the youngest generation of filmmakers. The film program is tailored for children of all ages (films are rated “G”), and consists of numerous animated shorts, documentaries, and live-action films. A Q&A with the filmmakers and a filmmaker’s workshop followed the program.


For the seventh consecutive year, on June 9 from 11am-5pm at Kickstarter, the festival continued its BFF Exchange, ultimately aimed at connecting filmmakers with film distributors. BFF Exchange featured a pitch session, a few panels, and a Happy Hour. Various topics were explored by a truly distinguished group of panelists (TBA).


BFF awarded the winners with prizes totaling over $50,000 in film services, products, and cash sponsored by ABELCINE, XENO LIGHTS, NYC CAMERA COMPANY, BE ELECTRIC, CINECALL, MPE, MEDIA SERVICES, NOBLE JEWELRY, SOBREVISTA RESORT, BLUETABLEPOST, BRIC, BROOKLYN FILM SOCIETY.


For the festival, this was a very special year. BFF is finally 21! We all feel more “mature” and ready to cross that imaginary, but solid line! We start seeing things for what they really are. Although, it doesn’t take a genius to see that we are living in pretty bad times! And it’s not easy to feel great. Not right now. Division, bigotry, the wall, Trump…but luckily, bad times don’t only produce bad things. Some great stuff can come from bad times. Like great art. For example, the Spanish Civil War gave us the Guernica, the NYC defaults in the 70’s gave us the best graffiti in the world. Even the great depression gave us swing dancing. It doesn’t matter how bad it looks, art always wins. And this year’s festival is not going to be the exception. In the middle of this undeniably shitty time in American history, directors, actors and producers wanted their voice heard. Bad times make great art. And because of it, this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival was amazing. Happy birthday BFF. Happy 21st.


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To provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films.
To draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema.
To encourage the rights of all Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking, and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure.

To promote, foster, stimulate, increase, and advance Brooklyn’s public interest in film through the following means:

  • – To organize, sponsor, and present forums, lectures, and discussions related to the creation of independent films.
  • – To conduct classes and workshops for the development of new filmmakers and the public exhibition of new and existing works.
  • – To partner with likeminded organizations to exhibit new and existing works.

To support arts organizations with similar missions.
To hold an annual competitive film festival in Brooklyn.